Hi everyone, I am new to this site. I am a first year RN student and it is the end of my first semester ( nursing 101). This whole semester has been a nightmare. In an acute care setting there are so many errors in documenting.
For example, I have to research my patient the night before 1 st clinical day and MD orders were still in effect for this patient to have a tube feeder, cath, a vent. So, clinical day comes and before I meet my patient I go look on the computer chart for any changes and those orders were still in effect. I walk in patients room and they had none of those things. All they had on was a Holter monitor and nasal cannula. This patient also was in isolation with MRSA. Instructor said oh well I wasn't supposed to give you a isolation patient yet. I also noticed this patient was a diabetic and was on a regular diet which I knew was wrong.
I questioned the RN and my instructor, no one didn't do anything. In the mean time this lady's glucose was out of sight. My instructor didn't even believe me that my patient didn't have a feeding tube anymore and called me a liar and that I didn't assess my patient well enough. Instructor had to go see for herself and saw I was telling the truth. As the semester went on things got worse and I was getting blamed for changing another patient's oxygen liters and documenting the wrong amount. The RN decided to change it from 2 to 3L, I didn't change it so I document it as 2. They say if you didn't do it, don't document it! Even my instructor said to doc as 2L. Well I did and I was blamed for putting 2 and not 3 listening to my instructor.
Then the next day comes and I can't do a sterile dressing change alone yet. So I tell RN stay with me and supervise me, my teacher is nowhere to be found. SO Rn stands in room with me while I prepare sterile field and put on sterile gloves then I hear her say I will be right back. 2 minutes later, my teacher comes in furious with me and blames me for attempting a dressing myself. I can't control the RN!! She runs out and that's my fault??? I'm standing there like an idiot not sure what to do thinking RN was coming back. I got written up for the oxygen error and attempting a sterile dressing without being supervised, yet my classmate did something similar with doing a procedure (enema) without instructor but RN was present and didn't get in trouble. RN's don't count as supervisors only instructors. They didn't say that was a rule until I got written up! So you would still get in trouble doing a procedure even if RN is present. Only thing is, my classmate didn't get written up but I did. I feel that's unfair, on my evaluation they said that I didn't even notify RN I needed supervision and I did notify her. They lied again!
So yesterday I had my clinical evaluation for end of 101 and well, I got dismissed for these 2 incidents.!! After I caught on to the hospital's errors, my instructor had an attitude change towards me. There were many lies on my evaluation, I even found more as I went through my old documents. I called the dean and my hearing was arranged right away for tomorrow. At this point I am not even sure if I should ask to go back as a student I don't even feeling I was graded fairly. The exams difficulty felt fair but the grading wasn't, everyone couldn't get higher than 70's except these three students get 90's every time???
I have been called untrustworthy, an unprofessional, and I practice in an unsafe manner. The instructor said that I should NOT even bother for a hearing, I will lose and not to be trusted AND that she will step herself out of the hearing and have no part in it. Yes, those were her EXACT words. My self- esteem is shot. The floor was so messed up that a week after I reported the errors in the hospital, there was a meeting on that floor with the staff and case managers. You mean to tell me I am unsafe and dishonest when they put me on a floor of chaos?? They expect us students to be perfect in a very unperfect environment...
So my hearing is tomorrow. I'm not sure after this experience if I should continue nursing or go with something else. I am 19 years old and graduated high school with honors in 2011 with presently 30 college credits which I earned just to get myself in this very hard program. Now that's over. I am very heartbroken I don't what to do....